Gardens

Baja Garden & Old World Succulent Garden

Succulent. The word conjures up images of things delectable and desirable, and that's what you'll find in the oases of extraordinary plants at the Safari Park called the Old World Succulent Garden and the Baja Garden. You'll also discover the truth about an old misconception: All cacti are indeed succulents, but all succulents are not cacti. These gardens present you with a wide variety of species with fleshy, water-storing leaves and stems, such as elephant trees, boojums, and euphorbias, along with the well-known cacti.

Epiphyllum House

Epiphyllums go largely unnoticed during much of the year, when their unassuming, leaf-like stems are biding time and gathering energy. But when spring arrives, an unforgettable show begins! In April and May, these tropical plants burst into their full glory, with large, jewel-toned blossoms that are anything but wallflowers.

Nativescapes Garden

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S NATIVE PLANT SPECIES

While many botanical enthusiasts seek out unusual exotic plants and beautiful cultivars for their gardens, there is also much to be said for California's native species. The Safari Park's Nativescapes Garden is a testament to that fact, with more than 1,500 individual plants representing 500 species, all of which historically call Southern California home.

Conifer Arboretum

STROLL THROUGH AN ANCIENT WORLD!

Conifers have had a long and noble history. They have been around since the days of the dinosaurs: in fact, 150 million years ago, they were the most prevalent plants in the landscape, since flowering plants had not yet come into their own. 



Bonsai Pavilion

A MINIATURE WORLD OF TINY TREES!

Some stand straight and regal, their leafy canopies shading the ground below. Some show signs of age and weather, gnarled trunks twisted and bent by the wind. Others display graceful sprays of springtime flowers. But the size of these extraordinary trees is measured in inches, rather than feet. 

Bonsai, which is a combination of two Japanese words meaning "tree planted in a tray" has become a popular hobby and art form among gardeners since the late 1880s, when the miniature plants were first displayed outside of China and Japan.

Herb Garden

A FRAGRANT HABITAT

When asked, "What is an herb?" King Charlemagne responded "A friend of physicians and the praise of cooks." This is an apt description for these useful plants, some of which have the power to heal or to transform mere food into cuisine. 



Hidden Jungle

BEAUTIFUL SECRETS OF THE RAIN FOREST

A tropical rain forest is teeming with wildlife that is beautiful, but often hard to see. Hidden Jungle’s climate-controlled environment allows you to see delicate and fascinating tropical birds and plants. The dense growth and variety of plants provide cover and food sources for Hidden Jungle residents.

Mombasa Lagoon

THE HEART OF NAIROBI VILLAGE

In the center of Nairobi Village you’ll find Mombasa Lagoon, surrounded by paths, wooden walkways, and a simulation of a Congo River fishing village. This peaceful and scenic watering hole is home to pelicans, storks, shoebills, and ducks, along with migratory bird visitors like herons and egrets.

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